Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Antique Adventures & a "little" fun!

Heartworms, Grace Weston

Hi all!

Yesterday, I made a trip around Alpharetta and Chamblee art stores/antique markets on a quest to find old-fashioned thimbles. The kind they make (and sell) nowadays are really flimsy! Compare and contrast the old and the new:

My trip was successful! I even found some silver thimbles (but didn't have 60 bucks to spare... a good thing.) Here's some highlights of items in the shops:

I scored this cuckoo clock for $20 (& it still works!) I've wanted one SO badly for a while, & have never seen one sitting up on it's own. I love it!!!

This gnome was $250. It was also about 3 feet tall and was made of iron. SO cool.

I saw this and it made me think of the terrariums. Think of it like a prehistoric terrarium. ;)

I have an obsession with these little plastic birds in cages. This one you wind up with a key and it dances and "sings". The one I have is motion activated. I like turning it on and watching my cat jump every time it sings. She hates it worse than the vacuum cleaner.

These deer were so rad! $10 bucks a pop was a little steep, but I ended up going home with a cheaper version of white spotted deer.

Last night, I found artist Holly Andres in the back of an issue of Art in America. I fell in LOVE with her photography! Here are some images from her Sparrow Lane series (now a few years old...)...

I love the nostalgic feel of her photographs and the lighting on her subjects is awe-inspiring. She has a blurb book for purchase for $99 of the Sparrow Lane series. This is one that I'll have to save for because I would LOVE to have it in my collection! (& considering that her prints are going for over 1,500$ already, it's the closest thing I can get to having something original of hers...)

While looking up more images from Holly Andres, I found artist Grace Weston, too...

& keeping with the miniatures theme, Jonah Samson has some interesting photographs from the Pleasantville series...

They're very voyeuristic. The contrast between Weston's fantasy childhood is kind of squashed by the mature themes in Samson's work...

See you tomorrow!

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